Readers’ Advisory

Jane Austen July

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a student in possession of a summer break, must be in want of a reading challenge.

Okay, maybe not, but if you are looking for a month-long reading challenge and you enjoy a little early 19th century English literature, look no further than Jane Austen July!

Hosted by three Booktubers: Blatantly Bookish, Books and Things, and Spinster’s Library, the challenge has a Goodreads group, read-alongs, and a Bingo card that readers can complete.

The hosts have created 7 challenges, all of which can be completed with materials from MVCC Library!

  1. Read one of Jane Austen’s Six Novels
  2. Read something by Jane Austen that is not one of her main six novels
  3. Read a non fiction work about Jane Austen or her time period, The Late Georgian or Regency Era
  4. Read a modern retelling of a Jane Austen book
  5. Read a Book by a contemporary of Jane Austen (Some examples are Walter Scott, Mary Shelley, and more)
  6. Watch a direct screen adaptation of a Jane Austen Book.
  7. Watch a modern screen adaptation of a Jane Austen Book. (Some examples are Bride and Prejudice and Clueless)

I propose an 8th challenge: Read an article from a peer-reviewed Jane Austen academic journal!

Will you be partaking in this Regency read-a-thon?

#JaneAustenJuly2021 #JaneAustenJuly

Finish National Poetry Month Strong!

National Poetry Month is coming to a close, but there is still time to explore and enjoy some of the poetry resources available at the Library. Explore the virtual book displays below for poetry recommendations from the Library! For each display, click “Read More” to view the virtual book display.

Have questions about accessing any of these resources? Ask a Librarian!

What makes a poet a “Chicago Poet?” A poet born in Chicago? Someone who wrote poetry in or about Chicago? An artist embraced by the City? However you define a Chicago Poet, these artists and books are a great way to end National Poetry Month! Click “Read More” to view the full display.

Chicago Poets

Looking back on our celebrations of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, “Distilled and Powerful,” display of poetry by African American women, brings our poetry celebration full circle! Click “Read More” to view the full display.

Distilled and Powerful

Keep National Poetry Month going all summer! Poetry is meant to be heard, so listen to these fantastic poetry e-audiobooks, many of which are read by the authors! Click “Read More” to view the full display.

Listen to Poetry

What R U Reading Wednesdays?!

We’re coming into the homestretch of our “What R U Reading Wednesdays” series, with only a couple more weeks left. Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • Save Yourself” by Cameron Esposito**
  • The Broken Earth Trilogy” by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyon
  • East of West Collection” by Jonathan Hickman, author ; Nick Dragotta, artist

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

What Are You Reading Wednesdays?! (WRURW)

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • The Monkey Wrench Gang” by Edward Abbey
  • Night Boat to Tangier” by Kevin Barry
  • The Extraordinaries” by TJ Klune
  • The Witcher series” by Andrzej Sapkowski

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

What Are *You* Reading Wednesdays?!

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • “Viral Modernism” by Elizabeth Outka
  • “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond
  • “Underland” by Robert Macfarlane

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

Virtual Book Display Retrospective: Summer Reads

Over the last few months, library folks have created wonderful virtual collections of online Library resources, and for the holiday weekend, we are bringing together the displays with great suggestions for things to read and listen to this summer, from cookbooks to music to graphic novels.

If you need help accessing any of the resources listed in these displays, you can Ask a Librarian.

FIRE UP THE BARBECUE!

ILL and Serials Assistant Sue has great suggestions for cookbooks to up your grilling game this summer.

Virtual Comic Stand

Access Services Coordinator Oscar recommends some of the best comics available virtually through the online Library.

Here be Dragons...

Librarian Hannah suggests novels featuring dragons to combat the summer heat.

Gardening

Librarian Jen brings together e-books to help out in the garden.

Gamer Essentials

Librarian Jessica recommends e-books for video game enthusiasts.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poetry Audiobooks

Librarian Hannah has suggestions for listening to award-winning poetry.

Can't Sleep at Night?

ILL and Serials Assistant Sue found soothing music options available to stream on Hoopla.

Scoob Section

Access Services Coordinator Oscar brought some of the Library Scooby-related online resources together.

The Science Fiction of Octavia E. Butler

Librarian Jessica collected the Library’s digital copies of Octavia Butler’s work in honor of Butler’s birthday (June 22nd).

If It’s Wednesday, It’s What Are You Reading Wednesdays?!

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • “The Stand” by Stephen King
  • “The Book of Joy” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
  • “Tiny But Mighty” by Hannah Shaw
  • “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

What Are You Reading Wednesdays?

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and start your summer reading! Includes:

  • “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote
  • “The Beauty of Your Face” by Sahar Mustafah
  • “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens
  • “A Hero of France” by Alan Furst

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

What R U Reading Wednesdays?

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and start your summer reading! Includes:

  • “One Door Away From Heaven” by Dean Koontz
  • “The Eyes of the Dragon” by Stephen King
  • “Diary of an Oxygen Thief” by Anonymous
  • “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

Please continue to submit your responses via the form below. Happy reading! #mvcclibraryonline2020

What R U Reading Wednesdays?

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and start your summer reading! Includes:

  • “Everywhere You Don’t Belong” by Gabriel Bump
  • “The Book of Dust” by Philip Pullman
  • “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan
  • “Front Row at the Trump Show” by Jonathan Karl

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

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